The Rangers stole the headlines at the Trade Deadline for the second year in a row, but it was the Yankees who showed a whole new side to their existence -- they went shopping for the future, and general manager Brian Cashman earned rave reviews for his first plunge into the rebuilding market.
A look at the Deadline dealings of all 30 teams:
Rainmaker wanted to end drought
The Rangers, who have not won a World Series since their creation as the expansion Washington Senators in 1961, made the big deal leading up to the Deadline by landing impact catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who has a team-friendly $5.25 million option for 2017, and bullpen arm Jeremy Jeffress. In turn, they gave up a package that included two of their top three prospects: center fielder Lewis Brinson and right-hander Luis Ortiz. They also gave up two other top prospects -- second baseman Travis Demeritte to the Braves and Dillon Tate to the Yankees -- to add a needed arm for the rotation (Lucas Harrell) and a left-handed bat (Carlos Beltrán) to fill void created by loss of Prince Fielder to disabled list.
The Cubs have gone 108 years without a World Series championship and are determined not to let the opportunity to end that drought slip away, so they gave up a handful of prime prospects -- including shortstop Gleyber Torres -- and made major bullpen moves by getting power closer Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees and left-hander Mike Montgomery from the Mariners.
The Nationals were created as the Expos in 1969 and have not been in a World Series, advancing to the National League Championship Series only once (1981). They are in control in the NL East, but they want more than a division title. Mark Melancon may be a pending free agent, but his addition for prospects gave them a proven closer with plenty to prove to prospective offseason bidders.
The Indians have gone longer than any team other than the Cubs since their last World Series championship (1948). They gave up a package of potentially impactful prospects to land lefty closer Andrew Miller from the Yankees. Rejected by Lucroy, they responded by adding the bat of Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer.
The Dodgers may be setting annual records for payrolls, but their last World Series championship came in 1988 -- their longest drought since they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. For the second straight year, they passed on big names. But they were willing to give up prime prospects to compensate for rotation injuries with the additions of Rich Hill and Bud Norris. They addressed concerns about Yasiel Puig with outfielder Josh Reddick, who like Hill will be an unrestricted free agent in the fall.
Don't let go
The Giants filled the need for rotation help with the addition of Matt Moore from the Rays. They added All-Star infielder Eduardo Núñez from the Twins for left-handed prospect Adalberto Mejía, and left-handed setup man Will Smith from the Brewers at the cost of their No. 1-ranked prospect, pitcher Phil Bickford, along with catcher Andrew Susac. Nunez can step in for Matt Duffy, who went to the Rays in the Moore deal.
The Orioles don't have depth in their system, but they are a game up on the Blue Jays and Red Sox in the American League East. They dealt prospects to the Mariners for left-handed starter Wade Miley, and to the Twins for left-handed reliever Fernando Abad.
The Cardinals filled their need for a left-handed reliever by getting Zach Duke from the White Sox for outfielder Charlie Tilson, a legit prospect who hasn't developed power (19 home runs in five Minor League seasons).
The Blue Jays bolstered their bullpen with the May 31 addition of Jason Grilli, a swap of disappointments that brought Joaquin Benoit from the Mariners for Drew Storen. And with the expectation that rotation ace Aaron Sanchez will be put in a relief role to protect him from overwork, Toronto acquired Scott Feldman from the Astros and Mike Bolsinger from the Dodgers as insurance.
The Mets have been slowed by injuries in their bid to repeat as NL champs, but they brought in a much-needed outfield bat with the Deadline addition of Jay Bruce, who is under control for next year and provides protection in case Yoenis Céspedes opts for free agency. They did have to give up Dilson Herrera, who was supposed to be their second baseman of the future.
The Marlins added rotation depth with the acquisition of Andrew Cashner from the Padres without having to give up key players from their big league roster.
The Red Sox strengthened their rotation (Drew Pomeranz), bullpen (Brad Ziegler) and bench (Aaron Hill) without impacting the big league roster.
The Yankees now have the deepest farm system in baseball, one that includes seven of the Top 100 Prospects in the game -- including center fielder Clint Frazier, who had been No. 1 in the Indians' system, and Torres, who was No. 2 with the Cubs. What's more, while Miller (to Indians) is under control next year, both Chapman (Cubs) and Beltran (Rangers) are pending free agents.
The Braves continued a major youth movement, which has now seen them swing deals that have produced 14 of the organization's Top 30 Prospects.
The Brewers regrouped after Lucroy blocked a trade to the Indians, and packaged him with Jeffress to the Rangers for Brinson and Ortiz, both former first-round picks, and a player to be named. They also picked up Bickford and Susac from the Giants for Smith.
The Padres continued to try and undo the effort to find a quick fix prior to last season. They dealt All-Star Pomeranz, Cashner and veteran outfielders Matt Kemp and Melvin Upton Jr. They didn't get an immediate impact player, but they did bring in right-hander Anderson Espinoza, who ranks No. 1 on the team's Top 30 Prospects list; first baseman Josh Naylor, who checks in at No. 4; and No. 19 Hansel Rodriguez, a right-hander. The Padres are expected to release Héctor Olivera and eat the contract, but they do save $24 million of what they owed Kemp over the next three years.
The A's filled a need for strong young arms, moving Hill and Reddick, both free agents at season's end, to the Dodgers for right-handed pitchers Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton, who ranked No. 5, 8 and 13 in the Dodgers' system.
The Rays dealt Guyer to the Indians in exchange for outfielder Nathan Lukes and right-hander Jhonleider Salinas, and shipped Moore to the Giants for Duffy plus prospects Lucius Fox, a shortstop, and Michael Santos, a right-hander, who became the seventh- and 30th-ranked prospects in the Rays' system.
The Angels wanted to add controllable depth for the rotation and came up with Alex Meyer, a former No. 1 pick of the Twins, and Jesus Castillo.
The D-backs made offseason moves, including signing free agent Zack Greinke, with expectations to contend. It didn't work out, which led to moving key bullpen cogs Ziegler to the Red Sox and Tyler Clippard to the Yankees for prospects.
Fading after a 23-10 start and no longer dreaming of a Windy City World Series, the White Sox dealt lefty Duke to Cardinals for Tilson.
The Royals' ongoing injuries were compounded in recent days by closer Wade Davis (right flexor strain) and setup man Luke Hochevar (thoracic outlet syndrome) going on the disabled list, limiting what the club had to deal. The Royals made a waiver claim on Nick Tepesch, who could fill a need on the staff next year, brought in speedy outfielder Billy Burns and avoided dealing Edinson Vólquez, who could be more vital for the rotation next year than any two-month addition.
The Twins' hopes to build off last year's surprising contention disappeared, resulting in the dismissal of general manager Terry Ryan, and moves that included sending Nunez to the Giants.
The Pirates, facing the small-market dilemma, were creative in the final moments before the Deadline. They dealt Melancon for left-handed prospects instead of losing him to free agency in the fall. They included two prime prospects blocked in the system in a deal that sent Francisco Liriano and the roughly $16 million remaining on his contract to Toronto, helping Pittsburgh with financial flexibility, and received 25-year-old right-hander Drew Hutchison. In addition, the Bucs added right-hander Ivan Nova from the Yankees to provide rotation depth and returned Jon Niese to the Mets for lefty Antonio Bastardo to help the bullpen.
The Astros are in line for a second postseason appearance in a row thanks to a recent surge. But given the Rangers' wheeling and dealing, it isn't likely Houston will claim a division title. The Astros made two deals to strengthen the lower level of their system -- adding 18-year-old right-hander Guadalupe Chavez from the Blue Jays for Feldman, and sending Josh Fields to the Dodgers for 19-year-old Cuban first baseman Yordan Alvarez.
The Mariners have been on the edge of the AL West/AL Wild Card races, but they weren't able to find a major boost at the Deadline. They came up short in talks for shorstop Zack Cozart from the Reds, exchanged disappointing veteran relievers with the Blue Jays (Storen for Benoit) and added prospects for Miley (to Orioles) and Montgomery (to Cubs).
The Reds weren't able to finalize a deal sending Cozart to the Mariners, but they did trade Bruce to the Mets for Herrera and lefty Max Wotell. Herrera is knocking at the big league door, which creates an interesting situation for the Reds, who had veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips veto a trade to the Nationals last offseason. Phillips has another year on his contract.
The Tigers, Rockies and Phillies saw the Deadline pass without making a deal.